The first simplified grammar of Sanskrit
A Grammar of the Sunscrit language, on a new plan.
Calcutta Baptist Mission Press 1820
First edition. 8vo, 24 x 15 cm; pp.vii, [1, blank], [v]-xxviii, 427, [1, errata]. English and Sanskrit text. Modern half calf over marbled boards; untrimmed. A very good copy.
A simplified grammar of Sanskrit, modeled on the popular Greek grammars used at Eton and Westminster. For ease of use, Yates had major grammatical rules printed in larger type, the minor rules in smaller type. Yates' own experience of learning the language prompted him to produce this work. He had concluded that the existing grammars of Sanskrit by Colebrooke, Carey, Wilkins and Forster, issued between 1805 and 1810 were "too voluminous", "too abstruse", and off-putting to potential students of the language: "Probably no one ever entered on the study of this language, without sincerely wishing, that by some means or other the grammar of it could be rendered less circuitous and toilsome. A conviction that it might be made so by modeling it on a new plan, first induced the author to compose this work." William Yates arrived in India in 1815, and worked with William Carey at Serampore on translating the Bible into Bengali and other languages. When Carey split from the parent Baptist Missionary Society in England, Yates joined the Calcutta Baptist Mission, which established its own press in 1818.